ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KTVI) – Some businesses are ignoring public health orders for social distancing. This includes ordinances limiting the number of people allowed in a location. Now, the city of St. Louis will be closing non-compliant bars and nightclubs for 14 days.
Video of large groups of people gathering at St. Louis night clubs has been going viral on social media. Mayor Lyda Krewson said in a Facebook post that, “We have seen the videos on social media from over the weekend of bars and nightclubs obviously flouting our mask mandate and social distancing requirements. This is both reckless and unfair to other businesses working hard to do it right.”
The businesses that face a temporary shut down have already received cease and desist letters from the City’s Department of Health. A statement from Mayor Krewson’s office says that they have, “continued to openly disregard rules that require people to socially distance and wear masks as evident from reports and social media posts.”
This enforcement action of closing non-compliant bars and nightclubs for 14 days is an effort to bring them into compliance like many other businesses.
The City of St. Louis Department of Health says that people under the age of 40 now account for 64% of the City’s overall positive COVID-19 case count. New cases have been climbing rapidly over the past two weeks.
“There has to be changes in our behavior if we are going to slow the rise of infections that we are seeing in the metropolitan area. The data is telling us that enough individuals are not changing their behavior. We will take the necessary actions to protect the health of residents and visitors,” writes Dr. Fredrick Echols, the acting director of health for the City of St. Louis.
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said that the city is not announcing which businesses have been notified until all of them are contacted. The names of the businesses will be released eventually.
St. Louis County just announced new restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19 before the school year starts. Only 50 people are allowed to gather in one place and businesses are now only allowed to operate at 25% occupancy.
Bars in St. Louis County are now only allowed to operate until 10:00 pm. The city does not plan to order bars to close early. Mayor Krewson says that many establishments are doing a good job keeping people distanced.
You can report businesses or individuals breaking social distancing guidelines by calling
(314) 622-4800 or going through this form.